The Carlos Museums offers a wide variety of public programs for adults from scholarly symposia to informal Talk & Taste programs. Click on listings below for descriptions of programs below or visit the Museum calendar for specific information on scheduled programs.


The Carlos Museum announces Carlos Conversations, a series of podcasts that use works of art in the Carlos Collection to spark conversations between distinguished members of Emory’s faculty. Developed in conjunction with Antenna Audio, each podcast brings together experts from different disciplines to look at museum objects in new and unusual ways.

Voted "Best Use of New Technology for Exploring Ancient Ideas" in the 2008 "Best of Atlanta" issue of Atlanta Magazine!

Download any podcast to your iPod or any portable mp3 player, bring it to the museum and receive free admission!

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How to Schedule a School Tour
The Michael C. Carlos Museum welcomes school groups to explore the museum's collections and special exhibitions with members of the museum's Docent Guild.

To schedule a guided tour, download the new Tour Reservation Request Form, which can be filled out and returned to the Museum by email to or by fax to 404-727-4292.  Once your tour request form is received, you will be contacted by Office of Educational Programs staff to confirm your tour. Your tour is not confirmed simply by submiting the request form, but only when you have received an email confirmation and invoice.

Tour Times: Tours are offered Tuesday through Friday at 10 am, 11 am, and noon.

Group Size: Maximum number is 65 guests per hour. Groups larger than 65 may schedule back-to-back tours.

Length of Tours: 50 minutes 

Chaperones: One per every ten students required.

Fees: Visits are $6 per student. One chaperone for every ten students is free. Additional adults are $7 each.

Confirmation: You will receive an email confirming your tour date and time and invoicing you for payment.

Self-guided tours: We welcome teachers who wish to guide their own groups. Please remember that self-guided groups must also be scheduled through the Office of Educational Programs in advance to avoid overcrowding in the galleries.
University Classes that Use the Collections of the Carlos

Museum curators and university faculty use the collections in their teaching.  Below is a sampling of the types of courses that use Carlos Museum collections.

Religous Art of South Asia
Dr. Ellen Gough

This course takes an immersive approach to the study of the religious art of South Asia, ca. 2500 BCE to the present day. We will spend two of the three class meetings a week in the classroom, and the third either in the Asian Collection at Emory’s Michael C. Carlos Museum or at a site of religious practice in Atlanta. Course units will focus on the paintings, sculptures, architecture, and material and visual culture more broadly of India, Pakistan, Nepal, Tibet and Sri Lanka. We will examine Jain, Buddhist, Hindu, and Muslim religious art, asking how these material objects relate to religious texts and practices. For the course unit on the Hindu epic the Rāmāyaṇa, for example, we will compare parts of the Sanskrit text of the epic by Vālmīki with depictions of the story in comic books, on television, and in eighteenth-century miniature paintings in the collection at the Carlos Museum. The Spring 2016 semester will also offer the unique opportunity to examine the temporary exhibit at the Carlos Museum, “Doorway to an Enlightened World: The Tibetan Shrine from the Alice S. Kandell Collection.”

Freshman Seminar: The 12 Caesars: Sex, Lies and Politics in Ancient Rome

Dr. Eric Varner
Popular perceptions of Rome’s first twelve Caesars (who included Julius Caesar, Augustus, Caligula, Claudius, Nero, Vespasian, Titus and Domitian) are often fueled by the ancient biographer Suetonius’s lurid and scandalous accounts of the period. Suetonius’s Twelve Caesars is filled with accusations of outrageous sexual behavior, madness, and political posturing, that are often in direct opposition to the visual record as embodied in  official monuments of art and architecture commissioned by the Caesars themselves or their wives.  This course will combine an in depth examination of the artistic material, as well as surviving portraits in sculpture and on coins and gems,  together with a careful reading of Suetonius’s text, as well as new biographical material on the twelve Caesars.  Close attention will be paid to the iconographic meaning of the artistic monuments, their intended audiences, and their points of comparison and divergence from Suetonius, thus revealing the complex nature of Roman culture and society in the early imperial period. 

Ancient Egypt
Dr. Gay Robins

This course is designed as an introduction to the art of ancient Egypt from the late Predynastic Period through the Old and Middle Kingdoms. It will examine the basic principles by which Egyptian artists worked, together with the techniques and materials that they used, and will consider the various purposes, religious, political and social, for which Egyptian art was created. The course will be structured chronologically, and will acquaint students with key works of art, placing them within the context of ancient Egyptian history and culture. These works will include the monumental pyramids built by the kings of Egypt to be their tombs and the lavishly decorated tomb chapels constructed for elite government officials. There will be class visits to the Carlos Museum to study ancient Egyptian works on display.

Arts of Africa: An Introduction

Dr. Susan Gagliardi
Artists linked to the African continent have historically created arts from a variety of materials, including wood, metal, and earth as well as animal and vegetal matter. Some objects, including wooden headpieces, were designed to be seen in motion during masquerade performances. Other objects, including brass heads, were designed for static displays. In this introductory course, we will think about a broad range of arts, their biographies, and contexts for their display. We will look closely at different works, from study sixteenth- and seventeenth- century brass plaques once shown in the palace in Benin City, Nigeria, to twentieth-century wooden headpieces worn by performers during certain events in Pende communities of present-day Democratic Republic of the Congo. Students will also be invited to view African art on display at the Michael C. Carlos Museum and the High Museum.

Shamanism: Art in the Americas
Dr. Rebecca R. S. Bailey

The underlying religious complex of ancient and modern indigenous American cultures can be understood under the umbrella term of shamanism, or the direct visionary contact with the spiritual world by trained intermediaries in order to promote balance, fertility, and health. Art is deeply implicated in this system, from earliest times through to today. This seminar will discuss the parameters of shamanic belief and practice as applied to the visual elements, from the “tools” of curing to the achievement of trance to the recording of experience and imagery of healing itself. An emphasis will be placed on plant and animal iconography.

Information for Faculty

The collections of the Michael C. Carlos Museum represent an important curricular resource for Emory faculty. Comprised of over 20,000 works from the ancient Near East, Egypt, Greece and Rome, the Americas, sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, and works on paper (prints, drawings, and photographs) from the middle ages to the present, the collections offer unique opportunities to engage students in discussions about original works of art and the civilizations that produced them.

The museum enourages faculty to make use of its diverse collections, as well as temporary exhibitions, as primary resources for object-based teaching. The galleries provide an intimate setting for “out-of-the-classroom” learning. The diverse collections and exhibitions provide points of connection with a variety of disciplines as well as opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration. Faculty in art history, classics, religion, creative writing, dance, anthropology, English, the sciences, and others use the museum's collections and exhibitions regularly in their teaching.

The museum's galleries are open Tuesday - Friday, from 10 am - 4 pm and are always free to Emory faculty and students. Faculty may guide their students through the collections and exhibitions or schedule a tour with a member of the museum's Docent Guild. To scheule a time for your class or a docent-led tour, contact Alyson Vuley at 404-727-0519 or Members of the staff are also available to help create connections between the museum’s collections and exhibitions and coursework. Contact Elizabeth Hornor, Marguerite Colville Ingram Director of Education, at 404-727-6118 or

High-quality photographs of more than 1000 objects from the museum’s collection are available free of charge for teaching use through Artstor. Click here and select "Michael C. Carlos Museum Collections Online" from the Emory Collections section. Faculty and students may request additional photos not available in Carlos Collections Online and may request permission to publish photos in scholarly works by contacting

The museum recognizes that only a small portion of its collection is on view at any given time. Faculty and students may arrange to view selected objects from storage by appointment, Monday through Friday between 9am and 5pm, pending availability of staff and suitable space within the museum. Museum curators will help faculty and students to complete a Study Access/Classroom Use of Objects form. Ideally, faculty and students should contact the curator responsible for the object(s) at least two weeks in advance of their class or study period.* So that faculty can focus on their teaching, rather than on the care of the artwork, a museum curator and/ or member(s) of the collections staff will attend classes when artwork is present.

*Due to a construction project that will affect curatorial and registrar's offices as well as access to storage, slated for February 20th – May 8th, and the challenges it will pose on many fronts, pulling artwork in storage for  classes during Spring semester 2017 will require advanced planning. If possible, please contact curators prior to February 3, 2017 for requests for Spring semester. For requests made by that date, works can be pulled in advance and set it aside for your class. If you are unable to determine your artwork needs by February 3rd, please realize we may not be able to accommodate your requests. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience. 

The Carlos Museum’s permanent collection galleries mirror its curatorial divisions, each overseen by a member of the staff:

Art of the Americas, Rebecca Stone 
Ancient Greek and Roman Art, Jasper Gaunt  
Ancient Egyptian, Nubian, and Near Eastern Art, Melinda Hartwig 
African Art, Amanda Hellman
Asian Art, Elizabeth Hornor 
Works of Art on Paper, Andi McKenzie  

Museum staff also work with academic departments on campus to develop programs of interest to the academic as well as the Atlanta community. For a complete listing of these programs, please see the calendar.

A civilized learning experience. Enjoy afternoon tea and scones as museum curators and Emory faculty members and graduate students discuss works of art in the collections and exhibitions. These programs are free and open to the Emory community and the public.

Programs for Spring semester include:

Thursday, January 26
4 pm, Ackerman Hall

Before painting and firing a vase, Athenian artists made sketches on the surface of the clay using wood or charcoal. Julianne Cheng, graduate student in Emory’s Art History Department, discusses ways in which Reflectance Transmission Imaging (RTI) has helped to uncover elaborate preliminary sketches on works by the late archaic Athenian cup-painter, Onesimos, student of Euphronios, in the Carlos collection.

Thursday, February 9
4 pm, Ackerman Hall

Enjoy afternoon tea and scones as Amanda Hellman, curator of African art at the Carlos, discusses a Makonde Lipiko mask in the African collection and the Mapiko festival in Mozambique at which it would have been performed.



Odyssey Online
The Carlos Museum's interactive website for kids continues to grow and expand. Thanks to the generous financial support of the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation, the Carlos is pleased to present Odyssey Online: South Asia, a web-based resource for upper elementary, middle, and high school students that uses engaging interactive technology to explore works of art in the museum's collection in depth, and to provide an understanding of how similar objects function in relgious contexts in India and here in Atlanta.  

Students may explore a 13th-century gilt Buddha from Tibet in the museum's collection, and then explore a similar one, with the help of a Tibetan Buddhist monk, on the altar at Atlanta's Drepung Loseling Monastery. They can also study a sandstone image of the elephant-headed deity, Ganesha, and then witness a ritual that happens every Saturday morning at the Hindu Temple of Atlanta in which the deity is annointed with auspicious substances, dressed and ornaments, providing students with an understanding of how such sculptures function in a religious context.

Be sure to explore other engaging sections of Odyssey Online:

Odyssey Online: Greece, designed for elementary students  

Odyssey Online: Ancient Americas, designed for upper elementary and middle school students. 

Andrew W. Mellon Internships

Thanks to the generosity of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Michael C. Carlos Museum offers paid summer internships for Emory University students. Graduate and undergraduate students with strong interest in and aptitude for museum work may gain experience to augment their academic program. Three interns will be selected by a committee of Museum staff and faculty advisors. The internships are ten weeks in length, and students are paid $5,000. Scheduling of the ten weeks is flexible and can be done in consultation with the  curator in charge.  Deadline for applying for the Mellon Internship is February  19, 2016.

Summer 2016 projects include:

Dr. Amanda Hellman, curator of African art at the Carlos, is develping a digital didactic program for the reinstallation of the permanent gallery of African art. The undergraduate or graduate student intern will assist with researching and writing label copy for each object; acquiring permission for photographs and videos; planning and conducting interviews; and uploading content to the gallery iPads.  Some background in African visual material or history is preferred.

An excellent opportunity for an undergraduate with a background in material culture is a project working with Dr. Melinda Hartwig, curator of ancient Egyptian, Nubian, and Near Eastern art at the Carlos, to collect representative fragments from the museum's Curtis Collection of Near Eastern Art and pack them for distribution to other educational institutions with Near Eastern Studies, Anthropology, and Art History Depatments for use as "study collections."

Although Shakespeare set The Tempest on a small island off the coast of Italy, many scholars argue that he drew inspiration for the setting, several narrative themes, and the figure of Caliban from the newly encountered Americas.  An upcoming exhibition entitled The New World in the Age of Shakespeare will explore this argument by pairing The Rose Library’s Forth Folio with several engravings from Theodor de Bry’s Americae volumes, a series devoted to Columbus’s travels in the Americas, the customs of myriad American inhabitants, and the mistreatment of the native population by Catholic Spaniards.  Working with Associate Works on Paper Curator Andi McKenzie, the intern will research New World connections in The Tempest, explore the imagery in de Bry’s Americae, and assist in choosing objects from the Museum’s vast Americas collection that complement the texts in some specific way.  The intern will also write draft labels and an introductory text for one section of the exhibition.

Download the Mellon Internship application here.

The Carlos Museum also offers unpaid internships, often for credit, and other opportunities for working and learning in a museum environment for Emory students. For more information about internships, contact Elizabeth Hornor by phone at 404-727-6118, or by email at

Homeschool Days at the Carlos

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Museum Recognized for Innovative Faculty Collaborations

The Office of the Provost has recognized the Carlos Museum for its commitment to innovative faculty collaborations and to public education. Read the article below and watch the video here.

In the beginning was a mummy. And not just any mummy, but, in fact, the oldest Egyptian mummy in the Western Hemisphere, one of only seven in the world. Emory's Old Kingdom mummy was the first inventoried object (1921.1) in the collection of the Michael C. Carlos Museum. A massive conservation effort in 2011 drew on a university-wide team of conservationists, faculty, and students to restore the Old Kingdom mummy, which now holds a special place in the permanent collection of the Carlos Museum.

However, beyond this one rare and special object, the Carlos opens up a broader treasure chest to Emory -- one intrinsically tied to the university's mission to "create, preserve, teach, and apply knowledge in the service of humanity." Recognizing the importance of the museum to academic life, Emory's strategic plan, Where Courageous Inquiry Leads, focused one of its framing principles on Creativity: Arts and Innovation. That emphasis -- along with Courageous Inquiry initiatives on strengthening faculty distinction, enhancing the student experience, creating community, and religions and the human spirit -- has helped the Carlos grow even stronger in its support of academics.

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Museum Tours

PUBLIC TOURS: Members of the Museum's Docent Guild lead public tours of the permanent collection and special exhibitions every Sunday at 2:00 p.m. Tours begin in the Rotunda on Level One of the Museum.

Docent-led tours are available for groups of ten or more by appointment. Please call 404-727-0519 to schedule a tour for your group. Please call at least two weeks in advance.

Museum Moments is a tour designed for people with mild cognitive impairment or dementia. Experiencing the art of the ancient world at the Carlos Museum can spark the imagination, trigger memories, and encourage a shared experience in a beautiful setting. Individuals with mild cognitive impairment, early Alzheimer’s or dementia are invited to attend Museum Moments tours with their family member or a caregiver. The tour is available at 1 pm on the second Wednesday of each month, September through May.  Please contact Clare Fitzgerald by email or by phone at 404 727 2363 to make a reservation.  

Stools for this program were made possible by a gift from Sylvia Dodson in memory of her husband, James Dodson.


Highlights of the Collection Audio Tour
Thanks to the generous financial support of the Sara Giles Moore Foundation and the Morgens West Foundation, the Carlos Museum is pleased to introduce a new multimedia audio guide to the permanent collections. The guides include fifty minutes of new material, featuring expert commentary from museum curators and Emory faculty members from a number of departments at the university. The guides, available on iPod touches, feature enhanced multimedia content offering visitors a greater understanding of the Carlos Museum’s permanent collection. For example, in the Art of the Americas section, images of whale sharks on the screen help visitors visualize the ways in which the Museum’s Chancay female effigy vessel represents the shaman transforming into the giant fish, which serves as her animal spirit companion. The guide is available for a rental fee of $3.  Carlos Museum members enjoy unlimited free usage.

Times and Texts of the Bible Audio Tour
A second audio tour makes connections between the Museum's permanent collections and the Bible. Curators and faculty members from Emory University's Candler School of Theology and the Departments of Religion and Middle Eastern Studies explore objects in relation to biblical texts to enhance our understanding of the cultures out of which Judaism and Christianity developed. The guide is available for a rental fee of $3. It is included in the general audio tour rental. Museum members enjoy unlimited free usage.

NEW! The Science Behind Art Conservation Tour
The Science Behind Art Conservation
(Appropriate for Fourth Grade to High School)

In this exciting new tour developed with the guidance and expertise of the museum's Chief Conservator, students will explore the many ways that science is employed in the study and preservation of works of art. Museum docents will introduce students to art conservation practices focusing on preventative care, treatment, and research.  Digital images on iPads will provide students the opportunity to examine the condition of objects prior to conservation treatment, as well as images of treatment in progress. In this very interactive tour, students will be able to handle examples of materials used to make and conserve art, including fabrics used to stabilize the mummies. They will see beyond what is visible to the museum visitor. For example, in the Egyptian galleries they will get a glimpse into the creative process of the artist through modern, microscopic analysis where a cross section of the paint surface from 1075 BC reveals a substructure of mud applied below the layers of under painting.  Students will be able to see how salt crystals in porous materials such as ceramics or stone can cause damage that may destroy the surface and weaken the structure and the treatment that was performed.

Students will practice the Habits of Mind teaching goals as they:
*Ask questions that lead to investigations
*Use charts and graphs
*Use data to answer questions
*Identify patterns of change
*Research and gather information
*Understand the importance of safety concerns

Resources for Teachers:
Classroom Lesson Plans:
       Bug Scavenger Hunt Worksheet
       Condition Report Activity
       Loss Compensation Activity

Introduction to Art Conservation

Preservation Information Cards and Insect Investigation Activity for Students

Case Studies of Conservation Projects at the Museum

Science and Art Conservation: Resources for Teachers to Use in the Classroom

Artful Stories at the Museum
When ancient art, great stories, and inquisitive children are brought together, something exciting happens and young imaginations flourish! This program is for children three-to-five years old accompanied by a parent or other adult. Once a month on select Saturdays, children will be able to sit in the galleries surrounded by works of art and hear stories of ancient Greece and Rome, Egypt, Asia, the Americas, and Africa. After the story, children and their companions will move to the Tate Room to create works of art or participate in activities based on the story and the cultures represented in the Carlos' collections.

Lila and the Secret of the Rain
Saturday, January 21
10 AM, Tate Room, Plaza Level

In the African gallery, children will hear the story of a Kenyan girl who saved her village and learn about the vital importance of water in Africa. After looking closely at an incised Makonde clay vessel from Mozambique, children will make clay pinch pots in the studio.

Ancient Greece
Saturday, February 11
10AM, Tate Room, Plaza Level

Children will explore images of Greek temples in the exhibition In Search of Noble Marbles and learn about columns—Doric, Ionic, Corinthian, and even columns that look like women! Then, in the studio, they will make paper “column hats.”

For ages 3 to 5 years with an adult companion. These programs are free but a reservation is required by contacting Alyson Vuley at or 404-727-0519.

The Artful Stories program is made possible through the generous support of PNC Bank and the David R. Clare and Margaret C. Clare Foundation.

Workshops for Teachers, 2015 - 2016

Teachers tell us that the workshops and PLU courses at the Carlos Museum are unique. They value these programs because of the engaging content and the opportunity to work in small groups with scholars and artists who are not only experts in their areas, but masterful and generous instructors. Join us this academic year for a rich mix of workshops that range from explorations in the galleries with Emory faculty and curators, to hands-on art experiences with guest artists.

Unless otherwise noted the fee is $8 for museum members and $12 for non-members.  To register, contact Clare Fitzgerald at or 404-727-2363.

Spring Semester 2017 Workshops

Classical Architecture and its Legacy
Saturday, January 21st, 10 am-4 pm

Tate Room, Plaza Level
K-12 teachers are invited to a daylong explortation of classical architecture with scholars and architects from Emory and Georgia Tech. Bonna Wescoat, Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Art History at Emory, introduces teachers to the architectural achievements of the Greeks; Carlos Museum Curator of Greek and Roman Art, Jasper Gaunt, explores the earliest images of these monuments in the exhibition In Search of Noble Marbles; and Elizabeth Dowling, professor emeritus in Georgia Tech's College of Design, introduces Greek Revival architecture inspired by the work of many of these intrepid explorers, who carefully measured and documented the ruins. After a morning of lecture and in-gallery discussion, teachers will board a shuttle for a tour of Neo-Classical architecture in the city with Dr. Dowling and architect Clay Rokicki, who wil share ideas for using drawing to study architecture. Then teachers will return to the studio to explore paper sculpture projects for the classroom with artist Pam Beagle-Daresta. Space is limited and registration is required by contacting Clare Fitzgerald at 404-727-2363 or Fee: $25 for Carlos Members; $35 for non-members, and includes a box lunch from Alon's.
This event is co-sponsored by the Institute of Classical Architecture.

Evening for Educators, Fall 2016

Shakespeare's First Folio Evening for Educators
Friday, November 11, 7:30 pm
Ackerman Hall, Level Three

Enjoy a glass of wine and a snack as Margaret Edson, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Wit and survivor of twenty-five years of classroom teaching, presents a stand-up essay exploring the free-wheeling, slapdash world of Elizabethan theater (not dissimilar from a middle school classroom!) and places “To Be or Not to Be” smack dab in the center of it.

The exhibition, The First Folio: The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare, will be open especially for educators from 4-7:30 pm.

To register, contact Clare Fitzgerald at or 404-727-2363.


Student Research Blogs
Graduate student Shelly Burian is documenting the process of recreating a Wari textile. The project has grown out of her research with Curator of the Art of the Americas, Dr. Rebecca Stone, as well as a life-long interest in dyeing and weaving.  The final textile will be featured in the exhibition Threads of Time: Tradition and Change in Indigenous American Textiles, which opens at the Carlos Museum iin 2017.  Follow the blog here.
Chamber Music Concerts
The Carlos Museum and the Emory Chamber Music Society of Atlanta present the Cooke Noontime Chamber Music Series. These monthly concerts are free and open to the Emory community and the public.  Come early as seating and parking are limited.

Friday, September 16
Noon, Ackerman Hall

In the first concert in the semester, the Vega String Quartet welcomes their new first violinist, Elizabeth Fayette.

Friday, October 21
Noon, Ackerman Hall

Dynamic virtuosos Timothy Fain, violin, and Matt Haimovitz, cello, perform music for solo strings.

Friday, November 11
Noon, Ackerman Hall
The Emory Chamber Music Society of Atlanta and the Vega String Quartet welcome cellist Christopher Rex for a performance of Anton Arensky’s dramatic Quartet for Violin, Viola, and Two Celli.

Friday, December 2
Noon, Ackerman Hall

Eugene Skovorodnikov, piano, returns to Emory to play Haydn’s F Minor Variations and Brahms’s great Sonata in F Minor.

Friday, January 20
Noon, Ackerman Hall

Pianist Elizabeth Pridgen joins the Vega String Quartet for Brahms’s Piano Quintet in F Minor.

Friday, February 24
Noon, Ackerman Hall

Canadian virtuoso pianist Philip Thomson performs works of Franz Liszt and Felix Blumenfeld.

Friday, March 31
Noon, Ackerman Hall

Some of the most outstanding undergraduate talents from Emory’s Department of Music perform.

Friday, April 21
Noon, Ackerman Hall

In an annual program titled Ransom Notes, sister and brother duo Kate (violin) and William (piano) Ransom play Schubert and Barber.

Friday, May 5
Noon, Ackerman Hall

Members of the Emory voice faculty sing Johannes Brahms’s Liebeslieder and other works.

Elementary School Curriculum Based Tours

First Look (Kindergarten)
Designed for young visitors (ages 4-6), this program introduces children to the exciting stories behind objects across the collection.

Archaeology (All Grades)
As they explore the galleries, students learn about pioneering archaeologist Kathleen Kenyon and the development of stratigraphy at the ancient site of Jericho. They will discover the excitement of analyzing artifacts once they have come out of the ground, from Egyptian mummies and coffins to sculpture, pottery, and jewelry from ancient Greece. Your students will put STEAM into practice as they learn the role of x-rays, chemical analysis, carbon-14 dating, and other scientific techniques that contribute to an archaeologist’s understanding of material culture.

Resources for Archaeology:
PDF Standards
PDF Archaeology Lesson Plan
PDF Vocabulary

Majority Rules (3rd Grade)
Developed by museum staff and 3rd grade teachers under a grant by the Georgia Humanities Council, this interactive tour for elementary students is aligned with the Georgia Performance Standards for 3rd grade. It introduces students to 5th-century Athens during the construction of the Parthenon and the development of the roots of democracy. See below for the Greek Passport booklet for students, Majority Rules vocabulary, and a follow up lesson plan.

How to Schedule a Tour for Your Homeschool Group

The Michael C. Carlos Museum welcomes homeschool school groups to explore the Museum's collections and special exhibitions with members of the Museum's Docent Guild.

To schedule a guided tour, download the new Tour Reservation Request Form, which can be filled out and returned to the Museum by email to or by fax to 404-727-4292. After typing information into the form please click the SAVE button at the end of the form.

Once your tour request form is received, you will be contacted by Office of Educational Programs staff to confirm your tour. Your tour is not confirmed simply by submitting the request form, but only when you have received an email confirmation and invoice.

Tour Times: Tours are offered Tuesday through Friday at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., noon and 1 p.m.
Group Size: Maximum number is 65 guests per hour. Groups larger than 65 may schedule back to back tours.
Length of Tour: 50 minutes.
Chaperones: One per every ten students required.
Fees: Visits are $6 per student. One chaperone for every ten students is free. Additional adults are $7 each. Children five and under are free.
Confirmation: You will receive an email confirming your tour date and time and invoicing you for payment.
Children's Workshops
Feathered Tunics from Cameroon
Sunday, January 29
2 PM, Tate Room, Plaza Level

Tunics adorned with chicken feathers are often worn by the members of the Kwifoyn society from the grasslands of Cameroon during ceremonies to increase the size and presence of the wearer. Children will view the beautiful feathered tunic in the African Gallery before creating their own brightly colored feathered tunics.

For 6-7 year olds. Fee: $15 for Carlos Museum members; $20 for non-members. Registration is required by contacting Alyson Vuley at 404-727-0519 or

Makonde Clay Vessel
Sundays, February 19 & 26†
2 PM, Tate Room, Plaza Level

In two consecutive sessions, children will make large, decorated coil pots with ceramic artist Ana Vizurraga. In the first session, children will examine a Makonde clay vessel from Mozambique and the intricate designs incised on its surface. Children will then use the same techniques used to make this pot to make their own. In the second session, they will apply a kaolin wash to their fired pots and learn about the importance of water in cultures around the world through the Carlos collections.
For 8-12 year olds. Fee: $15 for Carlos Museum members; $20 for non-members. Registration is required by contacting Alyson Vuley at 404-727-0519 or

Support for workshops for children and families at the Carlos Museum comes from the David R. Clare and Margaret C. Clare Foundation.

Funding Your Museum Visit and Bus Transportation

Need help funding transportation for a Museum visit?

A generous member of the Carlos Museum's Advisory Board has given funding to support the cost of bus transportation to the Museum for Title I schools.  K-12 teachers may receive up to $300 towards the cost of bus transporation.  Contact Julie Green at 404.727.2363 or to apply. Funding will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Target provides grants that allow teachers and students to learn in all kinds of settings. To apply for a Field Trip Grant go to

Student Docent Program

Undergraduate and graduate students are invited to join the Museum's Docent Guild to give tours to K-12 groups, students, and the general public. Each fall new student docents are recruited and receive training on the collections. They begin touring in the spring. This provides students an excellent opportunity to develop research and presenation skills. For more information, contact Clare Fitzgerald at 404-727-2363 or

Teen Programs
Teen Workshop: The Book of the Dead
Friday, January 20
6-8 PM, Tate Room, Plaza Level

Known by various names—The Book of Coming Forth by Day, The Book of Emerging Forth into the Light, The Book of the Dead—are ancient Egyptian funerary texts that record magic spells to assist the dead on their journey to the afterlife. Egyptologist Clare Fitzgerald will lead teens on an exploration of The Book of the Dead in an after-hours experience in the Egyptian galleries and in the art studio.

Fee: $15 for Carlos Museum members; $20 for non-members. Registration is required by contacting Alyson Vuley at 404-727-0519 or

Support for educational programs for children and families at the Carlos Museum comes from the David R. Clare and Margaret C. Clare Foundation.

Middle School Curriculum Based Tours
Continuity and Change: Material Culture in the Near East, Africa, and South Asia (7th Grade)
In this journey through the galleries, students explore the diverse belief systems found in cultures from the ancient Near East, Africa, and South Asia. Students will compare the images of the meditative Buddha with the narrative movement of Hindu figures. In the Near Eastern galleries, oil lamps and pilgrim flasks represent the formative periods in Judaism and Christianity. In the African galleries, students will explore objects from indigenous religions as well as pieces influenced by the spread of Christianity and Islam.

The Americans Before the Collision of Cultures (6th Grade)
Students will learn about indigenous civilizations, ancient and modern, through objects from South, Central, and North America. The varied cultures of the two continents are represented by objects such as gold and jade adornments, colorful textiles, and a staggering array of pottery.

Resource for Teachers: Nature and Artistry in the Ancient Americas.  A Teachers Guide to the Carlos collection.

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Public Programs of Interest to Students

The Carlos Museum offers a wide variety of public programs of interest to Emory students. For a complete listing of these programs, please see the Calendar.

Carlos Reads Book Club

Carlos Reads offers an opportunity to read and discuss great works of literature related to the museum's collections and exhibitions in an informal, small group setting, with distinguished members of the Emory faculty as guides.  

Carlos Reads discussions meet on Monday nights at 7:30 pm in the Board Room on Level Two of the museum. Books may be picked up in the Office of Educational Programs on the Plaza Level between 8:30 am and 5 pm, Monday through Friday.  Please pick up the book in time to read it before the discussion.

The Suns of Independence

Mondays, January 23 & 30

Subha Xavier, assistant professor of French and Francophone literature, will lead a two-part discussion of The Suns of Independence, a masterpiece of modern African literature by Ahmadou Kourouma. Published in French in 1968 (and translated into English in 1970), the novel is a critique of Africa in the aftermath of decolonization told through the lives of Fama, the last of the Dumbuya princes who had reigned over the Malinké tribe before the European conquest, and his wife, Salimata. Through his Malinké-inflected prose Kourouma explores themes such as African royal kingdoms and ethnicity, arbitrary national boundaries and postcolonial conflict, Islam and fetishism, and the changing roles of women in present-day Mali, Ivory Coast, and Guinea.

Space is limited and registration is required by calling 404-727- 6118. Fee: $30 for Carlos Museum members; $40 for non-members, and includes the cost of the book.

The Heart of Redness

Monday, February 6

Clifton Crais, professor of history and director of Emory’s Institute of African Studies, will lead a discussion of The Heart of Redness by Zakes Mda. Published in 2000, just six years after the end of apartheid, the novel explores the classic themes of tradition and modernity in a newly democratic South Africa. Mda moves between the contemporary moment and an epochal and still-remembered event in the middle of the nineteenth century, when the Xhosa followers of a prophet perished in a massive famine known as the “Cattle Killing” or the Xhosa national suicide. Among the many issues raised by the novel are questions such as “what is the location of the past in the present,” “what does it mean to be free,” and “what is a post-apartheid South Africa?”

Space is limited and registration is required by calling 404-727- 6118. Fee: $20 for Carlos Museum members; $25 for non-members, and includes the cost of the book.

Nervous Conditions

Monday, February 27

Pamela Scully, professor of African Studies at Emory, leads readers in a discussion of Nervous Conditions by Zimbabwean author Tsitsi Dangarembga. Published in 1988, the novel focuses on an African family in colonial Rhodesia during the 1960s and explores such themes as the impact of missionary education, racism, and colonial- ism, particularly on the lives of young black women at the end of the colonial era. The novel is quite bold in its exploration of various forms of male dominance both in the white settler and African communities.

Space is limited and registration is required by calling 404-727- 6118. Fee: $20 for Carlos Museum members; $25 for non-members, and includes the cost of the book.

Prospero's Cell
Monday, March 13

In conjunction with the exhibition In Search of Noble Marbles: Earliest Travelers to Greece, Patrick Allit of Emory's History Department leads readers through Prospero's Cell: A Guide to the Landscape and Manners of the Island of Corfu, Lawrence Durrell's memoir of life on the Ionian island just before the outbreak of World War II.  

"Corfu, that Ionian island whose idyllic yet blood-stained history goes back the best part of a thousand years, could not have found a fitter chronicler than Mr Durrell. For he is a poet, with all a poet's sensibility, and a humanist to boot, with a keen eye for character and a scholar's reverence for antiquity."  — Daily Telegraph

Space is limited and registration is required by calling 404-727- 6118. Fee: $20 for Carlos Museum members; $25 for non-members, and includes the cost of the book.

Shakespeare's The Tempest
Monday, March 27

The Year of Shakespeare continues with his last wholly written play, The Tempest. In conjunction with the exhibition Desire and Consumption: The New World in the Age of Shakespeare, Sheila Cavanaugh explores connections to both new and old worlds, from shipwrecks in the Americas as source material to "deliberately placed echoes of classical narratives."

Space is limited and registration is required by calling 404-727- 6118. Fee: $20 for Carlos Museum members; $25 for non-members, and includes the cost of the book.

High School Curriculum Based Tours

World History (High School)
In this tour, students delve into cultures from all over the world through close-looking and discussion around objects that enliven the study of world history. Through their gallery exploration, students pursue themes that unite cultures across the collection such as communication, trade, and cosmology, and interact directly with objects that illustrate the unique expression of cultures throughout the world. This wide-ranging tour brings cultures from Africa, Asia, the Americas, and the ancient Mediterranean world into conversation.

Ancient Mediterranean Civilizations (High School)
The ancient civilizations of the Near East, Egypt, and Greece come to life in the galleries at the Carlos.

Times and Texts of the Bible (All High School)
Learn how objects from the Egyptian, Near Eastern, and Classical collections relate to the times and texts of the Hebrew Bible and the Greek New Testament.

Foreign Language

Latin Classes: Ars Longa, Vita Brevis (High School)
Since "art is long and life, short" seize the day and visit Ulysses, Menelaus, Europa, and the Emperor Tiberius in the galleries of the Carlos Museum. Discover the importance of Roman imperial portraiture and propaganda. Find images of metamorphoses and reinforce your reading with scenes from Ovid and Virgil. Explore Roman funeral rituals and translate inscription on cinerary urns. Meet Romulus and Remus and see the crucial role of archaeology in understanding objects from Roman daily life.

Art Classes

Drawing in the Galleries (All High School)
Drawing is at the heart of this hour-and-a-half-long exploration of the Carlos collection where young artists discuss the elements of art and drawing techniques and participate in a sustained drawing activity guided by experienced docent-artists.

Family Concerts

The Carlos Museum offers an exciting series of chamber music concerts for children and families performed by The Emory Chamber Music Society of Atlanta and special guest artists. Family concerts are a wonderful way to introduce children of all ages to chamber music in the intimate space of the Carlos Museum's Reception Hall. Concerts last for approximately one hour.

Atlanta's Young Artists
Sunday, March 26
4 PM, Ackerman Hall

Some of the area’s finest pre-college musicians perform on this exciting annual showcase of what talent and hard work can produce.

Pajama Concert
Friday, April 7
7:30 PM, Ackerman Hall

Enjoy Musical Nighttime Stories performed by the Vega Quartet with some hot chocolate and marshmallows -- and if you like, wear your pajamas and bring your favorite stuffed animal!

Musical Animals
Sunday, April 23
4 PM, Ackerman Hall

Ferdinand the Bull and Peter and the Wolf narrated by Lois Reitzes, legendary voice of classical radio in Atlanta. With pianists Elena Cholakova and William Ransom.


Family Concerts at the Carlos Museum are made possible through the generous financial support of the Christian Humann Foundation. 
Lectures, Symposia, and Gallery Talks
The Museum draws on the rich resources of the University's faculty and graduate students, and supports Emory's academic mission by bringing nationally and internationally recognized scholars, authors, and artists to campus to present engaging lectures and gallery talks, and to participate in public conversations. Most of these programs are free and all are open to the Emory community and the public. Highlights of Spring semester 2017 include:

Noble Marbles Lecture
Thursday, January 19
7:30 pm, Ackerman Hall
In the eighteenth century, the desire to expand knowledge of classical architecture beyond well-known examples from the Roman Empire to its original sources led explorer-architects to Greece. Described by Vitruvius as the “Mistress of the Arts,” Greece was a mystery known primarily through literature. Among the first adventurers to record Greek architecture, James Stuart and Nicholas Revett applied a relatively accurate archaeological approach to recording buildings known only by name in the West. Their three volumes of measured elevations, plans, and sculptural detail would serve as the inspiration and source for an international style of Greek Revival architecture and furnishings in both Europe and America, becoming the first architectural style of the new nation. Dr. Elizabeth Dowling, professor emeritus in Georgia Tech’s College of Design, discusses the work and influence of the pair in a lecture titled Stuart and Revett and the Antiquities of Athens.

This event is co-sponsored by the Southeast Chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture.

Noble Marbles Lecture
Thursday, January 26
7:30 pm, Ackerman Hall
Although the Parthenon began its long existence as a classical temple to the Greek goddess Athena, it later served as a Christian church dedicated to Mary, and eventually as an Islamic mosque. How a pagan temple could be adapted to meet the needs of Christians and Muslims is the subject of a lecture titled Noblest Images: The Parthenon Marbles from 1436 to the Present, by Jenifer Neils, editor of the book The Parthenon From Antiquity to the Present  (Oxford 2005). These often overlooked phases of the building’s history (which have been largely eradicated by modern restorations) shed light on the role of one of the most influential structures to survive from antiquity.

Curatorial Conversation
Wednesday, February 8
7:30 pm, Ackerman Hall
Maxwell L. Anderson, art historian and former director of the Carlos Museum, joins Carlos curators Jasper Gaunt and Melinda Hartwig for a discussion of the issues raised in his new book, Antiquities: What Everyone Needs to Know—from treaties and laws governing the circulation of objects, the politics of repatriation, the making and detection of forgeries, and more. The book will be available for sale at the event and Dr. Anderson will sign them after the conversation.

“Clear-eyed both in its understanding of the intellectual dimensions of the ongoing debate...and in its mastery of detail, this beautifully written book will a lucid introduction to those unfamiliar with this complex and unfamiliar terrain.”
                                                                                  —Timothy Rub
                                                                                 The George D. Widener Director, Philadelphia Museum of Art

Thursday, February 9
7:30 pm, Ackerman Hall

Known in the ancient world as the home of the storm god, Hadad, the city of Aleppo has been destroyed by years of civil war. Hilary Gopnik, senior lecturer in Emory’s Program in Ancient Mediterranean Studies and Roxanni Margariti, associate professor of Middle Eastern Studies, take a visual walk through time and space to explore what has been lost in a lecture titled In the Eye of the Storm: The Story of Aleppo.

This program is made possible by Lyn Kirkland in honor of her mother, Grace Welch Blanton.

Thursday, February 16
7:30 pm, Ackerman Hall

Ronald Schuchard, Goodrich C. White Professor Emeritus in Emory’s English Department, reads from Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney’s posthumously published and deeply personal translation of Aeneid, Book VI.

“ myth, perhaps, had a longer grip on Heaney’s imagination than the reunion with the beloved dead represented by Aeneas’ journey to the underworld in Book VI of Virgil’s Aeneid.”
                          —The New York Times

“A pitch-perfect is best read aloud—it comes thrillingly to life.”
                            —The Guardian

Monday, Feburary 20
7:30 pm, Ackerman Hall

Sonya Quintanilla, George P. Bickford Curator of Indian and Southeast Asian Art at the Cleveland Museum of Art, explores the interests and personalities of royal Mughal patrons through the works they commissioned from imperial artists in a lavishly illustrated lecture titled Stories within Stories through Paintings from Mughal India. This lecture is part of Emory’s South Asia Seminar series and is co-sponsored by the Carlos Museum.

Thursday, Feburary 23
7:30 pm, Ackerman Hall

Osmund Bopearachchi, adjunct professor of Central and South Asian Art at the University of California, Berkeley, gives an illustrated lecture titled The Life of the Buddha Gautama in Early Indian Art.

Common Core and Georgia Performance Standards
Docent-led tours of the collections of the Carlos Museum are designed to meet Common Core and Georgia Performance Standards in many areas of the curriculum, providing a vivid entry to the study of world cultures through art. Expand the classroom experience and the imaginations of your students with a visit to Emory’s Carlos Museum. During tours students will:
  • build critical-thinking skills
  • compare similarities and differences (Social Studies Skills Matrix #1.)
  • analyze artifacts ( Social Studies Skills Matrix #10.)
  • draw conclusions and make generalizations (Social Studies Skills Matrix #11.)
  • understand how people express their beliefs and ideas through objects (Historical Understanding; all levels).
  • explore diversity and a variety of religious concepts (Historical Understanding; all levels)
  • become acquainted with cultures and traditions from around the world (Historical and Geographic Understanding, all levels).
  • ask questions that lead to investigations (Habits of Mind)
  • Use date to answer questions and identify patterns of change (Habits of MInd)
Carlos and the Common Core: 
Georgia’s Common Core curriculum uses literacy and language skills to prepare students for success in college, career and life. Learning in a museum setting builds vocabulary and connects classroom reading to original source material; works of art as tangible documents of history.  They will compare and contrast the treatment of similar themes and patterns of events from several cultures; from Classical Greece and Rome, to ancient Egypt, the Americas, south Asia, and sub Saharan Africa.  In the museum, students will expand their classroom knowledge in a different medium, and will use cogent reasoning and evidence collecting skills to express their interpretations and opinions.  As an extension of the classroom, the Carlos invites you to bring your classes to explore the stories of civilization.
Camp Carlos 2017

Registration will open to Carlos Museum members on January 23 and will open on February 6 for non-members.

Camp hours are Monday through Friday, 9 am to 3 pm. Camp Carlos offers a 10% discount to families registering siblings. Aftercare is available Monday through Friday from 3 to 5 pm for an additional cost. The teen camp session is from 10 am to 4 pm, with no aftercare.

For more information please contact Alyson Vuley at 404-727-0519 or 

Support for educational programs for children and families at the Carlos Museum comes from the David R. Clare and Margaret C. Clare Foundation, the Marguerite Colville Ingram Fund, and Clara M. and John S. O'Shea.

How Do We Get There? And Where Do We Park?
Directions: Hundreds of school buses bring students to visit the Carlos Museum every year. Unfortunately, there is often confusion about where to enter campus, drop off students, and park the bus. To assist, we enlisted the help of a bus driver who made the trip himself to show the way.  Please watch this video and share it with your bus drivers!

Please do not use GPS to get directions to the museum. GPS systems provide excellent information for CARS entering campus, but not BUSES.  If you must use GPS, enter Emory’s Goizueta Business School as your destination, and the directions will lead you to the correct campus entrance for BUSES.

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For Families: Explore the Egyptian, Greek, and South Asian Collections at the Carlos with Our Family Guides!
The Carlos is pleased to announce a new addition to the family guides series. The new Egyptian family guide, with eleven die-cut  cards of animal mummies, painted coffins, and more, joins existing family guides to the Greek and South Asian collections. Featuring images of objects in the collection, lively text, and quotes from ancient sources, these collectable guides make exploring the galleries fun for children as they search for the featured objects and discover more about them.

The guides are available at no charge at the Reception Desk on Level One.
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Funding Your Museum Visit and Bus Transportation
Need help funding transportation for a Museum visit?
Thanks to the generosity of our supporters, the Carlos Museum is able to offer $300 per bus to K-12 teachers at schools with signifcant Title One populations. We know field trips are expensive, but bus stipends can make it possible for your students to explore the stories of civiization found in the galleries of the Carlos Museum—from the ancient civilizations of Egypt, Mespotamia, Greece and Rome to the varied cultures of sub-Saharan Africa, from the indigenous cultures of North and South America to the thriving cultures of India and the Himalayas. Contact Ana Vizurraga at 404-727-4280 or to apply. Funding will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Target Field Trip Grants provides grants that allow teachers and students to learn in all kinds of settings. To apply for a Field Trip Grant go to
Artful Stories for Preschools
Preschool children gather to hear a story surrounded by Egyptian, Greek and Roman, ancient American, Asian or African art before looking closely and discussing related works of art, and then transitioning to the studio for a hands on activity!  This free program is made possible through generous funding from PNC Bank and is available for preschool classes on Monday mornings at 10 am when the museum is closed to the general public, offering a special environment for young children to experience art, literacy, and cultures of the world.
  • Maximum twenty two children per group.
  • One chaperone for every five children.
  • If your group has special needs, please call to discuss possible adjustments to the program.
  • Space is limited, so please sign up early to reserve a space for your class.
To make a reservation for your preschool class to participate in Artful Stories for Preschools, please contact Alyson Vuley at 404-727-0519 or

This program is made possible through the generous support of PNC Bank.
Additonal support for educational programs for children and families at the Carlos Museum comes from the David R. Clare and Margaret C. Clare Foundation, and the Marguerite Colville Ingram Fund.

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